A Novel

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The year is 1968. The world is changing, and sixteen-year-old Jon Mosher is determined to change with it. Racked by guilt over his older brother's childhood death and stuck in the dead-end town of Brewster, New York, he turns his rage into victories running track. Meanwhile, Ray Cappicciano, a rebel as gifted with his fists as Jon is with his feet, is trying to take care of his baby brother while staying out of the way of his abusive, ex-cop father. When Jon and Ray form a tight friendship, they find in each other everything they lack at home, but it's not until Ray falls in love with beautiful, headstrong Karen Dorsey that the three friends begin to dream of breaking away from Brewster for good. Freedom, however, has its price. As forces beyond their control begin to bear down on them, Jon sets off on the race of his life--a race to redeem his past and save them all.Mark Slouka's work has been called "relentlessly observant, miraculously expressive" (New York Times Book Review). Reverberating with compassion, heartache, and grace, Brewster is an unforgettable coming-of-age story from one of our most compelling novelists.
Publisher: New York :, W. W. Norton & Company,, ©2013.
ISBN: 9780393239751
Branch Call Number: FICTION SLO
Characteristics: 283 pages ; 25 cm.


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gracindaisy Feb 03, 2014

Coming-of-age novel of two teenage boys who become fast friends in spite of their damaging families. Mark Slouka is adept at crafting the spare, real-life teen conversation between the boys and painting a vivid picture of the late 1960’s in America. Spoiler alert: Tearjerker.

Jan 03, 2014

Recommended by a library patron. A coming-of-age story and a story of domestic abuse that is beautifully written. Great characters. A favorite in 2013.

ChristchurchLib Sep 16, 2013

"In 1968, in the blue-collar town of Brewster, New York, 16-year-old Jon Mosher has an unhappy, loveless home life. On the other side of the tracks is rebellious, sensitive Ray, who lives with his sadistic, alcoholic father and claims his black eyes and bruises come from paid street fights. The two become friends, fall in love with the same girl (Karen, who picks Ray), and talk about escaping claustrophobic Brewster. A powerful story of teens whose friends are closer than family, Brewster is told by Jon as an adult, remembering a town that seemed perpetually stuck in dreary mid-winter." September 2013 Fiction A to Z newsletter

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